If a tooth has a crack in its enamel, has suffered from a deep cavity or undergone repeated dental treatments, the inside can become infected requiring a root canal procedure. A root canal treatment involves cleaning out infected tissue from the inside of a tooth in order to save it from extraction.
A root canal refers to the inside of a tooth. Inside the root canal is a soft tissue called pulp which houses the nerves and nourishing nutrients that every tooth needs during development. If the tooth has suffered damage or decay from a fracture, a deep cavity or repeated dental procedures, the pulp can become infected. The signs and symptoms are obvious when this occurs, as it most commonly causes significant pain.
A root canal procedure will alleviate your tooth pain by removing the infected pulp before it leads to a more serious issue. The procedure involves using a local anesthetic to numb the problematic tooth and the surrounding area. A dental dam will then be used to keep the tooth clean and dry throughout the procedure. Our dentist will then access the root canal through the top of the tooth. The infected pulp will be removed, and the root canal will be irrigated with water to flush out any remaining bacteria. To prevent further decay from developing, we will also apply an antimicrobial solution. Once the inside of the tooth is cleaned and dried, the empty space will be filled with a gutta-percha material. A dental crown will then be necessary to completely restore the tooth.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, you may need root canal treatment. For root canals in Springfield Township, please call our spa-like dental office at (732) 234-9024 to schedule your appointment.